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Crowdfunding Your Film

with Emily Best

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  •   01 Crowdfunding to Build Independence


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About The Class

raise money for your next film.

Raising money and gathering resources is crucial for making movie dreams a production reality. In Crowdfunding Your Film, Emily Best will lay out your options for getting early support and identifying the fundraising sources that will bring your work to life. 

When her film Like the Water needed a last-minute infusion of capital, Emily was inspired to start Seed&Spark – the crowdfunding platform she runs as CEO today. In Crowdfunding Your Film, she’ll share both her front-line fundraising expertise and her years of experience helping others raise the money needed to make their films a reality. 

She’ll teach you how to: 
  • Create an effective social fundraising strategy 
  • Crowdfund your film 
  • Crowdsource gear and supplies 
  • Create incentives for the audience during every stage of production 
You’ll learn how to develop a community of contributors and supporters that ensure you have the resources you need to make your vision come to life. You will also learn to build momentum so your audience will follow your film creation from beginning to end and your film has an audience from the beginning. 

Fundraising and acquiring all the necessary filmmaking materials can be a tremendous source of pressure, but it doesn't have to be. In Crowdfunding Your Film, you’ll get real-world insights and practical approaches to funding your film without fear. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Crowdfunding to Build Independence

  2. 02

    Who is Your Audience?

  3. 03

    Messaging to Your Audience

  4. 04

    Specifics of Crowdfunding and Incentives

  5. 05

    The Good and Bad of Pitch Videos

  6. 06

    Pre-Production for the Campaign

  7. 07

    After the Campaign and Q&A

  8. 08

    3 Actions You Can Take Now

  9. 09

    Deep Dive into Crowdfunding with Nathan Williams and Natalie Johns

  10. 10

    Pitch Videos Done Right with Nathan Williams and Natalie Johns

  11. 11

    Incentives with Nathan Williams and Natalie Johns

  12. 12

    Campaign Execution with Nathan Williams and Natalie Johns

  13. 13

    Unexpected Pitfalls and Benefits of Crowdfunding


Meet Your Expert

Emily Best

Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed and Spark, a crowdfunding a distribution platform for film with the highest crowdfunding success rate in the business (84%!)  Emily started Seed and Spark after the challenges, community and spirit of making the feature film Like the Water. Emily was named one of the 2013 Indiewire Influencers, dedicated to 40 people and companies who are asking the big questions about what the independent film industry is today (and why) and, more importantly, what it will become. Emily tours film and tech festivals around the world - Sundance to SXSW, Sheffield to Galway - to educate filmmakers and learn their best practices in connecting with their audiences to build a sustainable career. To date, Emily has successfully raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in crowdfunding and sourcing. ... read more

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  • pdf Social Media Handbook.pdf
  • pdf Crowdfunding Prep Schedule Template.pdf
  • pdf Crowdfunding Campaign Schedule Template.pdf
  • pdf Education Deck.pdf
  • pdf Homework Incentives Worksheet.pdf
  • pdf Homework Audience Worksheet.pdf

75% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Creativelive Student

    May 2015

    Excellent source of information re crowd funding for films (docs & narratives, short & long form.) THANK YOU Emily Best!!! You were great, love what you are doing with Seed & Spark. THANKS Creative Live. Love how you bring creative learning to your audience.

  • user-5e0444

    May 2017

    This was my introduction to Seed & Spark. Since I have read a number of articles on the same presented by Emily Best and her business partner. So impressed with what they are doing, I have recommended it to all of my readers--all of whom are filmmakers. Emily's approach to crowdfunding as explored in this video series is top notch. I would recommend this series to everyone whether the novice or the more experienced crowdfunder. David W. King, Michigan Movie Media 2.0

  • user-f58ce2

    June 2015

    So happy to have found, AT LAST! a comprehensive approach to fundraising. Information on this subject is often contradictory and sketchy. Emily brought it all together. Thank you.

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